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It's official, Bears locked in with 18th pick in first round

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PITTSBURGH--Mock draft artists, sharpen your pencils.

The Bears were ensured of having the 18th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers ended the San Diego Chargers' season with a 35-24 victory at Heinz Field.

San Diego will choose 16th in the first round and the wild card was their playoff run. Had the Chargers reached Super Bowl XLIII, they would have dropped to 31st or 32nd. Now, they'll hold ground and the Bears are no longer in position to move up to No. 17.

Provided general manager Jerry Angelo does not deal the pick, it will mark the first time in franchise history the Bears have used the 18th pick in the draft. it will mark only the second time in franchise history the Bears have had the 18th pick.

They traded to get the 18th pick in 1983 from Tampa Bay and used it on wide receiver Willie Gault, the Bears' second selection in the first round that year after grabbing left tackle Jimbo Covert sixth overall. That was a banner draft, easily one of the best in franchise history, as the Bears also got other key figures for the Super Bowl XX team including corneback Mike Richardson, safety Dave Duerson, guard Tom Thayer and Hall of Fame candidate Richard Dent.

Thanks to intrepid reader Jay Lundry for catching this.

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Brad,

The Bears selected Willie Gault with the 18th pick in the first round in 1983.

I'll never forget Willie Gault's first game in the NFL.

Highly-anticipated, world-class-speed -- back 2 yards deep in the end zone for the opening kickoff to open a brand-new season of hope. (My seat was about on the goal line.)

The ball is kicked ... it's coming to world-class Willie!!!

He catches it ... and ... goes ... to ... one ... knee!!!

And I hated that gutless wuss ever sense.

Trading down might not be a bad idea. The Bears have holes everywhere and are not high enough to take a flyer on a top QB. If they stay where they are they will get the 4th highest rated DE or OT. The question is how much of a drop off is there from the 4th highest rated to the 7-8th.

As much as I like the top safties or WR's I don't see JA drafting them there in the 1st rd. He looks for these guys in rds 3-5.

McMahon to Gault! Touchdown!!! I remember that Gault had the speed and Jim Mac had the arm, and McKinnon had the inside stuff to complement.

Well, back to the future, here's hopin we get someone that can impact the other players like Gault. His speed made the other team scared.
JA loves to trade down. I actually hope he stays put and does get the best DE/OT at that pick, hopefully not another 1st rd bust. If he goes DE he might get it right.

If Angelo does trade down i hope he gets good value for the pick. It would be nice to see a decent pass rusher and another stud offensive lineman to really set this franchise in a solid direction for the next 6or7 years. Why not trade some of that wasted talent on the defense (Adawale,Tillman,or Mark Anderson) and get a valued pick to add to the picks you already got?

I say we trade Hester and Urlacher (for draft picks) to the top bidder(s). The Raiders and/or Redskins might over pay. While I realize we will choke in actually making said draft picks, it at least makes things fun for a few a months around these parts.

"Provided general manager Jerry Angelo does not deal the pick, it will mark the first time in franchise history the Bears have used the 18th pick in the draft.(correction) it will mark only the second time in franchise history the Bears have had the 18th pick."

Lol. Boy is someone's face red.

It dosent matter who we get or pick as long as lovie,babich and turner are still here they all suck!!we need WR'S O line and a new coaching staff and a QB.So all u ill b bears fans for life that have the oh ill root for them even if they suck sindrome can go sit on the bench.

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